Jazz / Swing / Big Bands
The members of the Atmos Trio are all extremely well-rounded musicians. Having been hiring their services out to other musical projects in every conceivable musical styles for years, it wasn't until 2004 that the Trio decided to pursue their own muse. Combining singable melodies usually associated with "pop" music, unexpected harmonic and tonal shifts of moderns jazz and World textures, the Atmos Trio is busy carving a unique niche for themselves. Mix these elements with stunning solo and ensemble improvisations and the Trio will take you on a musical journey not soon forgotten.
From softly swinging "dinner jazz" to vibrant dance and concert performances, guitarist Carl Vast delights audiences throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Wine Country. As a soloist or with his diverse groups, Carl's distinctive style and rich repertoire bring memorable music to each event.
Playing Jazz standards and bossa nova, soul and rhythm & blues classics, ever entertains with style and sophistication. Their specialty is setting the mood, whether it be a formal affair, or a backyard celebration. Formed in 1996, ever quickly distinguished themselves with their high standard of musicianship and professionalism. Regularly recommended by the Bay Area’s top event planners and caterers to their uncompromising clients, ever has become one of the premiere event entertainers in the region.
Hot House Swing Band
HOT HOUSE is a swing group that performs vintage jazz, bringing the classic sounds of early jazz to contemporary audiences. With a 7 piece band and harmony vocals, they reprise the best loved tunes of the big band era including seldom heard renditions of the jive, hep and hot music of the 1930's. Bossa novas, sambas, tangos rumbas and waltzes complete the picture. In their singing you'll hear echoes of the great vocal groups of the past; their instrumental sound harkens back to the small combos that lit up the swing era and they dress the part in authentic 1940's attire. Not newcomers to the recent swing revival, HOT HOUSE has been performing throughout the Western States for nearly twenty years. Their new CD, "GOT RHYTHM?" invites 21st century audiences to enjoy the true sound of jazz from the early 20th. In the wise words of the Mills Brothers, "Swing is the Thing!"
Jazzaholics is a trio of world-class musicians who are based in the San Francisco Bay Area. This exciting modern jazz trio is comprised of Steve Carter on Piano, Dennis Smith on bass and Al Marshall on drums. These musicians have performed and toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan with a wide variety of artists. Collectively, these three musicians have performed, toured and/or recored with The Jerry Garcia Band, Spearhead, Love and Rockets, Bobby Womack, George Benson, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E., Ray Obiedo, Andy Narrell, Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders, Forrest Buchtel, Sylvester, Jeanie Tracy, Harvey Fuque, Leon Sylvers III, Louis Madison, Samba Ngo, RebbeSoul, and many more local, national and international artists. It is from this diverse experience that the Jazzaholics have created a unique modern jazz style of performance (and composition). Their performances are played on radio stations throughout the world.
Jazz Mafia Trio
Jazz Mafia Trio has often been described as one of the most versatile bands on the West Coast having backed up many well-known artists in a wide array of styles. With 3 members playing, sampling, looping and triggering over 20 instruments, sounds of electro/jazz, intricate original songs and arrangements, hundreds of classic hip-hop breaks and hour long completely improvised compositions, the band has carved a nitch for itself in the San Francisco music scene.
Jazz Mafia Trio has been an integral part to the Jazz scene as well as Hip-Hop in SF. For the past 2 years the trio has been hosting freestyle jam sessions around SF at places like Royale in North Beach (1st and 3rd Wednesdays) and Bruno’s in the Mission, and has performed with hundreds of the most talented vocalists around. Jazz Mafia Trio has also performed for Jazz Festivals and clubs as well as booty shakin’ dance parties, the full musical experience.
Our repertoire is musically diverse. In addition to performing many American Jazz Standards, we also perform French & Italian favorites that have been popularized by Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, and Dean Martin among others. This is an especially flexible and elegant configuration that features 2-6 musicians, and may be performed with or without vocals. Size of the band, music style and attire can be customized to fit your budget and party theme.
We also offer DJ services that can be combined to live music. Once the Combo has performed during the Cocktail and Dinner time, we can spin some dance music with hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s...
Within the same evening, the combo can skillfully play the following styles!
Jazz subgenres (Swing, Latin, Be Bop, Bossa, Samba, Dixieland, Modern, New Orleans)
French favorites (our talented pianist can double on accordion) Italian favorites (our phenomenal guitarist can double on mandolin) Ballroom dance music (Cha-Cha-Chá, East Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Mambo, Paso Doble, Rumba, Samba, Tango, Waltz, and West Coast Swing).
Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are one of the top swing and jump blues bands in the world. Sultry chanteuse Lavay Smith evokes a sensuous era of jazz queens and sexy pinups and adds a modern, feminist twist. No wonder Los Angeles Magazine chose her as one of the sexiest people of 1999! Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay and her all-star 8-piece band bake up an instant recipe for dancing and good times.
By fusing traditional jazz elements with complex drumbeats and loop-based electronic music, the young jazz musicians of Realistic offer a live, absolutely captivating experience. They combine the energy of finely crafted songs with the excitement of improvisation. By using the versatility of a DJ with an arsenal of digital effects, they create a unique fusion of electronic jazz, hip-hop beats and live drum n bass.
Realistic is: Adam Theis (Trombone, Trumpet, 7-String Bass, Didgeridoo, Electronic Loops), Michael Emenau (Vibraphone, Laptop, Loops), Eric Garland (Drums, Live Loops, Percussion), Joe Cohen (Saxophone, Laptop, Keyboard), and DJ Aspect (AKA Nick McCarthy-Turntable Extraordinaire). Together their performance and recording credits are too numerous to list. Highlights include work with Carlos Santana, Nelly Furtado, Bobby McFerrin, The Specials, Eric Lindell, Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, and many more.
Royal Society Jazz Orchestra
Don Neely and the ten piece Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, from San Francisco, are renowned for capturing the essence of Hot Swing, Hot Dance, Hot 1920's Syncopated Big Band Jazz, Cotton Club, and 1920's Jazz and 1930's Jazz, with an approach both fresh and exciting. Innovators such as Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Bix Biederbecke, and Louis Armstrong are among the group's inspirations but the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra has a personality all its own. Dancers are electrified by the sound of the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra. Songs in their repertoire include those written by George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Walter Donaldson, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and many others from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Vaudeville and the Silver Screen.
Stompy Jones is a San Francisco based sextet, renowned for their jumpin' rhythm, wailing improvisations, hip charm, retro style, and explosive stage show. Whether appearing at a posh supper club, concert hall, festival or cozy tavern, these journeymen of jump deliver the romping, joyous, overwhelming style of jazz that came to be known as Rock and Roll!
The Starduster Orchestra is a traditional big band. While playing music from all periods, we specialize in swing, and other dance music, from the 30's, 40's and 50's. Because we perform original arrangements with original instrumentation, our audiences get to enjoy the swingin' sound of the Big Band Era the way it was played. The excitement of our music compels audiences from eighteen to eighty to get up and dance.
With more than thirty years of writing, recording, and performing guitar music, Terry Keady brings sensitivity and passion to every engagement. Spanning easy-listening, blues, light jazz, folk, country, and crowd favorites, his music is always appropriate to your occasion, with special requests handled graciously. Whether as background ambiance or a featured attraction, you're sure to enjoy this talented musician. Available as a solo, or as a duo with violin or piano.
Bringing elegance and sophistication to any event, this talented and versatile group, offers a wonderful collection of songs, and infectious rhythms, in a wide range of musical styles, including jazz, swing, latin, pop, and fusion. Using state of the art pro sound reinforcement, digital drums and keyboards, their live sound is always of the highest quality, remarkably full, crisp and clear, even at the lowest volume. Available n a variety of configurations.